GOOD NEWS FOR EHRHOFF
By Elizabeth Moffat, Canucks.com
It’s good news for Christian Ehrhoff. Yesterday the 28 year-old discovered that he did not have a concussion after Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The defenseman is actually suffering from vertigo, which is characterized by a sensation of spinning or dizziness when stationary.
Although Ehrhoff didn’t skate with the team in Thursday’s practice he could be back on the ice as early as Friday and still may play Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
MOVES TO MANITOBA
Jonas Andersson has been reassigned to the Manitoba Moose after playing four games with the Canucks this season.
Left Winger Aaron Volpatti was recalled in his place. If the 25 year-old plays Saturday it will be his first NHL game.
The Revelstoke, BC native was signed by Vancouver on March 22, 2010. He played four seasons with Brown University before joining the Manitoba Moose late in the 2009-10 season.
In 34 AHL games, Volpattti has one goal and seven assists.
EYES ON PRACTICE
The Canucks ended practice at the Pacific Coliseum today with shoot out drills.
Roberto Luongo stopped 20 of 24 shots, allowing goals by Daniel Sedin, Alex Burrows, Alex Bolduc and Alex Edler.
Cory Schneider stopped 9 of 16 shots. Jeff Tambellini, Henrik Sedin, Dan Hamhuis, Mikael Samuelsson, Alex Edler and Alex Burrows all got shots past the net minder.
KESLER EARNS A HAT
Ryan Kesler may have only taken four shots Wednesday night, but that was all he needed to finally earn his first hat trick against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
“It’s one of those things where it seems like it was meant to be,” Kesler said after the game. “I was sniffing for a while to get that third one and not only this year, but last year and I had many games without hat tricks, so it feels good to get one.”
After 431 NHL games and 105 career points Kesler was no stranger to multi goal games, he has had three two-goal games this year, but after six seasons of falling just shy of one of hockey’s most memorable milestones you could say that the 26 year-old was always the bridesmaid and never the bride.
“Yeah, weird, eh?” Daniel Sedin said to Vancouver Sun columnist Cam Cole. “His first one. Hard to believe, the way he was playing tonight. He was everywhere. They stood up on Hank at the blue-line and left us 2-on-1 down low. It was great to see that one go in.”
Any player would be hard pressed to ask for a more perfect first hatty. The natural hat trick started with a highlight reel pass from Alex Edler and ended on a powerplay 3:30 into overtime with a one timer which gave assists to both Sedin brothers.
"For our team, it was a great way to finish the game," said Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault. "And, on a personal note, obviously, [Kesler] had one of his best games as a Canuck."